Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 04, 2003
It's a nova ... it's a supernova ... it's a HYPERNOVA
Two billion years ago, in a far-away galaxy, a giant star exploded, releasing almost unbelievable amounts of energy as it collapsed to a black hole.

Wireless PDA software helps grocery shoppers find items
Someday soon grocery shoppers using a wireless personal digital assistant (PDA) may be able to interact with a store's computer system to locate items and learn about special promotions.

Software uses pictures to represent info people monitor
If your computer screen is covered with Web browser windows to let you monitor the news headlines, weather, traffic and stock market while you work, you might be suffering from information overload.

Project BioShield: Consistent financing, markets, indemnity for biodefense vaccine developers needed
The effectiveness of Project BioShield depends on its ability to provide biodefense vaccine developers with consistent and well-coordinated, long-term financing and sufficient, ensured markets, as well as a degree of protection from liability.

SARS - Special late-breaking session
Experts from Johns Hopkins and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials from Toronto and Singapore will discuss the latest developments on the recent outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Attitude, intention key to exercise in pregnant women
Attitude and intention are the two most important factors in pregnant women's decisions about exercising, according to exercise psychologists at Penn State and the University of Florida.

Economic evaluation shows add-on therapy with Keppra(r) is a cost-effective alternative
New cost-effectiveness data presented today at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) congress, 29th March-5th April, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, shows add-on therapy with Keppra* (levetiracetam) is a cost-effective alternative to standard treatment of refractory epilepsy.

Genetic risk factor for Parkinson disease discovered
Inherited variations in proteins that produce energy for the body may provide protection from developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study by scientists at Duke University Medical Center.

Visitors to experience 'virtual Monticello' at New Orleans Museum of Art exhibition
Visitors to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) this spring and summer will have a chance to peek in the windows of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home a thousand miles away in Virginia, thanks to University of North Carolina and University of Virginia computer graphics researchers who have devised a way to capture and display three-dimensional scans of Monticello's rooms.

Initiative launched for computer science
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has set up a new programme,

Nick Smith (R-MI) honored by 2 science coalitions in D.C.
The Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM) and the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) honored Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI) who, as leader of the House Sciences Subcommittee on Research, has championed numerous efforts for which the agricultural and biological science communities are grateful.

Organic practices slightly affect corn and soybean yields
Scientists from the University of Minnesota demonstrated yields of corn and soybeans were only minimally reduced when organic production practices were utilized as compared with conventional production practices.

Two new studies showed Alzheimer's disease treatment beneficial in other memory-related conditions
New data provide the first evidence that ARICEPT; (donepezil HCl tablets) may have potential in treating two dementia-related illnesses beyond Alzheimer's disease (AD).

UF research: Despite male image, stone toolmaking also done by women
Move over, man the toolmaker: The idea of men as stone tool producers may need some rechiseling, say University of Florida scientists who found women sometimes are the masters.

NASA awards $135 million to continue space launch initiative work
NASA today announced approximately $135 million dollars will be awarded to three competing contractor teams to continue support of NASA's Orbital Space Plane program under the Space Launch Initiative to provide crew rescue and transfer capabilities to the International Space Station.

New study findings showed ARICEPTĀ® effective in treating patients with severe Alzheimer's disease
Severe Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients treated with ARICEPTĀ® (donepezil HCl tablets) showed significant improvement in global function, cognition, behavior, and activities of daily living versus placebo, according to new data from a subset analysis of the Moderate to Severe Alzheimer's Disease Study (MSAD), previously published in Neurology in August 2001.

Study showed the number one prescribed Alzheimer's treatment beneficial in vascular dementia (VaD)
The leading Alzheimer's treatment, ARICEPTĀ® (donepezil HCl tablets), may also benefit patients with vascular dementia (VaD), according to a study analysis presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 55th Annual Meeting.

Long-term Fosrenol (TM) treatment controls harmful phosphate in end-stage kidney disease patients
Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc (NASDAQ: SHPGY, LSE: SHP.L, TSE: SHQ CN) announced that continued, long-term treatment (one-year) with FOSRENOL tm (lanthanum carbonate) maintains decreased levels of phosphate, which frequently escalate in end-stage renal disease patients, according to an extension trial presented at the National Kidney Foundation annual meeting.

Symposium to focus on ethical issues in biotechnology
Ethical issues in biotechnology are the focus of the second annual International Bioethics Forum in Madison Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.

Preeclampsia solutions sought
The First International Preeclampsia Summit now taking place in Seattle is bringing together world-class authorities in the field of preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening complication of pregnancy related to high blood pressure that affects more than 6 million women a year worldwide.
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